KPLU-FM host’s sweet idea inspires local Girl Scouts

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Dick Stein, Midday Jazz host on KPLU-FM in Tacoma, Wash., experiences a conundrum every spring over cookies — Girl Scout Cookies, that is. “I always buy a carton the very first day I encounter the kids outside the supermarket,” Stein said in a press release. “Next trip, I might even buy another. But that’s it. I can only buy so many. Then because I am a complete softie, I feel terrible turning them down on subsequent market trips.”

So last year Stein contacted Girl Scouts of Western Washington with an idea: How about an “I Bought Girl Scout Cookies” button?

I Bought Cookies stickerLocal Girl Scouts spokesperson Stefanie Ellis said the organization loved the idea. This year it is distributing 5,000 stickers (at right) to area  troops. And on the afternoon of March 13 on the campus of licensee Pacific Lutheran University, the Girl Scouts are honoring Stein for his brainstorm. There’ll be games, prizes and free cookie samples. Stein will receive a certificate of appreciation, along with a few of the stickers he inspired.

“We want to thank him for illustrating the very principles so dear to us as Girl Scouts: Every idea matters,” Ellis said. “Don’t be afraid to ask, suggest or dream.”

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